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New Afghan Law Disastrous for Women, Says National Geographic Photographer

A proposed law would roll back gains made to protect Afghan women, photographer Lynsey Addario warns.<p>National Geographic photographer Lynsey Addario says that a new Afghan law, passed by parliament and awaiting signature by President Hamid Karzai, would effectively silence victims of domestic …

Possible evidence of human sacrifice at Minoan Chania

1/27/2014 04:00:00 PM<p>The soil beneath the modern city of Chania, Crete, the ancient city of Kydonia, hides many secrets, including human sacrifices …

DNA Clues to the Ancient Roman Practice of Infanticide

HAMBLEDEN, ENGLAND—Simon Mays of English Heritage continues to analyze the bones of Roman infants discovered near the site of Yewden Villa, which …

1918 Flu Pandemic That Killed 50 Million Originated in China, Historians Say

Chinese laborers transported across Canada thought to be source.<p>The global flu outbreak of 1918 killed 50 million people worldwide, ranking as one of the deadliest epidemics in history.<p><b>For decades, scientists have debated where in the world the pandemic started, variously pinpointing its origins in</b> …

Bones Found in Scotland Recall 19th Century Serial Killers

Evidence linked to one of Edinburgh's most nefarious trade has emerged from the rear garden of a house in the Haymarket district, according to …

Fascinating Florence

Italy

Egypt Violence Impacts Tourism Just After Travel Advice Became Less Restrictive

Egyptian tourism suffered yet another setback on Friday, after a series of explosions in the capital Cairo left at least five people dead and dozens …

National Geographic Travel

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The mausoleum of Moulay Ismail—one of Morocco’s greatest rulers, who made Meknès his capital city in the 17th century—consists of three brightly decorated courts, a mosque, and the tombs of the sultan and his family. http://on.natgeo.com/19iGExI Photograph by Bjoern Obst, Your Shot

Top 10 Distance Trails

Top 10 Distance Trails from National Geographic.<p>From the National Geographic book <i>Journeys of a Lifetime</i><p><b>The Wind River Mountains, Wyoming</b> <br>The mountains climb over 13,00 feet (4,000 meters) into the skies southwest of Dubois in Wyoming. Native American tribes hunted here, and their rock drawings and …

Ten of France’s natural wonders

France's smorgasbord of cultural delights could keep even the most avid museum-hopper busy for a lifetime, but don't forget about the great outdoors. France smoulders with natural beauty, so why not go <i>au naturel</i> at mountain ranges, canyons and startling stretches of coast? This round-up of …

France

China, Koreas in modern conflict over ancient kingdom

12/25/2013 07:00:00 PM<p>Centuries ago Kwanggaet'o the Great ruled over a mighty empire stretching from south of Seoul deep into Manchuria in China's …

Archaeologists explore ancient ceremonial centre in western Mexico

12/26/2013 03:00:00 PM<p>Nineteen kilometers from San Juan de los Lagos, where the second most frequented sanctuary in Mexico is located, archaeologists …

Timbuktu

<b>Site</b>: Timbuktu<p><b>Location</b>: Mali<p><b>Year Designated</b>: 1988<p><b>Category</b>: Cultural<p><b>Criteria</b>: (ii)(iv)(v)<p><b>Reason</b>: Timbuktu was a thriving center of scholarship instrumental to the spread of Islam in Africa. It retains three notable mosques and one of the world’s great collections of ancient manuscripts.<p>* * *<p>This …

Africa

The Desolation of a Monk's Dreams -- The Monastery of St. George

Hiding in folds of the Judean Desert are ancient monasteries which, since ancient times, have given hermits the desolation of their dreams. Orthodox Christians -- whether from Palestine, Greece, Russia, or Ethiopia -- enliven these monasteries today, as they have since the sixth century. Orthodox …

10 Places To See Before They're Gone

Places, much like animals can become endangered, and some of the world's most amazing sights are gradually disappearing. Scientists say climate change has been affecting oceans, reefs, beaches, and even cities. Development is another danger for once-pristine, off-the-beaten-path spots and their …

Ancient naval battle site yields relics of war

11/10/2013 07:00:00 PM<p>On March 10 241BC a huge naval battle took place off the coast of Sicily between the Romans and their archenemies the …

5 Mysterious Ruins That Predate Known Civilization?

Artifacts and ruins discovered all over the world have made many scientists question whether the currently accepted understanding of prehistoric …

Archaeology

New Caledonia Expedition: A Treasure Trove of Stunning Sea Life

Changing Planet<p>Yesterday we explored the remote Huon Island and its lagoon, and experienced the most vibrant refuge for marine life, including an incredible diversity of species. In this photo essay you will see the azure waters of the Huon lagoon, a little jack using a shark’s wave pressure to …

The next global pandemic is somewhere out there. The challenge is to stop it

The threat from a modern global epidemic is real - especially in a connected world<p>Walk past the endless rows of vegetables, past the dozens of stalls selling every possible part of a pig and, at the centre of Cao Lanh city's market, a woman is doing a brisk trade in selling rats for food. Two cages …

Picasso, Matisse and Dix among works found in Munich's Nazi art stash

An art haul confiscated from a Munich flat includes previously unknown works by Marc Chagall and Otto Dix, and original pieces by Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, Bavarian authorities have revealed.<p>The art historian who has been studying the collection since its discovery gave a first glimpse of …

Typhoon Haiyan in Pictures

Stone tools found in northern China 'could shake-up theory of man's African origins'

11/03/2013 07:00:00 PM<p>Anthropologists are thrilled - but puzzled - that sediment deposits in northern China where a large number of ancient stone …

Mummy's colourful collar found in Theban tomb

11/06/2013 04:30:00 PM<p>A collar with "almost pristine" colours that would have been worn by a mummy has been discovered in small pieces in an Egyptian …

Race against time to save Middle East’s cultural treasures

11/05/2013 08:00:00 PM<p>The precious historical sites of Syria, Iraq and other war-torn countries could become another casualty of the Arab Spring …

Mystery of King Tut's Death Solved? Maybe Not

King Tut's chariot crashed and later his mummy burned, says an upcoming TV show.<p><b>King Tutankhamun was just a teenager when he died. For an ancient Egyptian pharaoh, presumably well fed and fiercely protected, this was a premature demise.</b><p>It was also momentous, for his death meant the beginning of the …

More on Ancient magic curse tablet from Jerusalem

11/08/2013 08:00:00 PM<p>A rolled-up sheet of lead bearing a Greek inscription was recently discovered in archaeological excavations the Israel …

Landscape photographer of the year 2013 – in pictures

The winners of the inaugural Take a View Landscape Photographer of the Year awards have been announced

The most beautiful places on Earth – in pictures

As Lonely Planet turns 40 this year, the publisher has picked the most magnificent sights across the globe to be included in a new book entitled Beautiful World, which contains more than 200 images and aims to inspire readers to see the world as they have never seen it before